By Innocent Atuganyira
MASINDI: Over five acres of plantation in Kiruli Sub County Buruli Constituency Masindi district have been Tuesday destroyed by the herd of elephants suspected to have escaped from Murchison Falls National Party.
Edward Baguma Aguuda the LC3 Chairperson told ugreports that the affected villages are of Kitengule, Kibedi, and Nyakarongo and the plantation destroyed include maize plantation, cassava, beans, and fruits including jack fruit, mangoes, paw paws and others.
He also asserts that farmers have lost approximately twenty million due to the invasion, adding that several times elephants have invaded their plantations and have never been compensated.
The politician stresses that there is worry of famine outbreak since farmers have for several times lost their crops to elephants without being compensated.
On the same note, Baguma asked the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Masindi district authorities to intervene since farmers are incurring losses due to the wildlife.
When contacted, Hon. Ronald Akugizibwe Aled the Member of Parliament for Buruli Constituency said that it’s a nationwide problem mostly on the communities neighboring national parks.
He however said that the government is trying to get a permanent solution in all the communities neighboring the national parks asserting that they are executing the funds in the next financial year budget.
Efforts to get a comment from Bashir Hangi the Uganda Wildlife Authority Communications Officer were futile by press time since he didn’t respond to our repeated phone calls.
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